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IdrA quits Starcraft II

Greg "IdrA" Fields today revealed his intention to stop streaming Starcraft II and go back to school. "Over the last 6 months or so streaming revenue has been nearly nonexistent, in part because of awful ad rates and in part because of continually declining viewership," writes Fields. "Casting sc2 tournaments pays very poorly, when considered a significant part of a full time job. A couple thousand dollars for a weekend of talking about a game seems nice, but when it happens maybe once a month it is not a good way to live."

Although he might get involved in e-sports again, for the time being he's taking a break. "I'll be going back to school. I have no plans to stream dota, or any other game right now, as I get very few viewers for it and I feel dumb inviting people to watch me be bad at something."

Fields was in Evil Geniuses from 2010 until last year when he was removed from the team for being disrespectful to fans and the community. Since then, he moved away from competitive play.

Despite playing in a professional team and then streaming Starcraft II, Fields frequently noted that he didn't even like the game.

This is one of the contributing factors to him moving on, though it certainly took a long time. "There have also been continual job offers from various parts of the industry that always fail to materialize," Fields said. "If I wanted to continue to scrape out a living I probably could, by lowering standards, accepting donations, and whatever else. But I've never liked the game and I don't see that changing anytime soon so I see no reason to scrape by with no future just for the sake of staying with it."

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Not sure if Idra that honest (about not liking SC2) because he quits or because he just like that. Nevertheless, thumbs up for brave statement and life changing decision.

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It's a severely competitive game. You're saying he's a douche because he BM's or gets mad? I'm pretty sure you either play a really competitive game such as LoL ranked (which in it self is not competitive but its competing to see who gets matched with the best teammates h3h3h3h) or something similar to that. If someone recorded you getting mad at games I'm pretty sure someone would call you a douche too

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Less baseless assumptions and more reading comprehension please.

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The guy was a douche and his pro Starcraft fired him for being so. Good ridance, he doesnt even like the game for fuck sake.

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I'd argue that many players don't find SC2 fun the same way they find other games. SC2 is much more about improving and winning. much more like a sport. That goes double for pro gamers. I don't think that playing 10 hours a day is much in the way of fun.

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Hmm, not entirely: Brood War is even more about improving and unreachable skill ceiling, but I find it much more compelling and fun than SC2. The problem is not with the approach, but with the game it seems (I sure won't play the game I don't like for 6-10 hours a day no matter how new/shiny/e-sports it is).

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If you're literally saying Starcraft isn't about improving you need to stop replying to people as if you think you're correct because you're not.

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It's a shame really... never been a fan of his play, but i do enjoy his casting skills a lot. He has both deep knowledge of the game and his delivery is clear and pleasant to the ear, something that very few sc2 casters can boast about.

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